Reason for Cosmopolitan fire ruled undetermined

Massive flames and smoke are seen billowing from the pool floor of the Cosmopolitan hotel-casino on July 25, 2015. (FOX5 viewer)Large flames and smoke are seen rippling from the pool floor of the Cosmopolitan hotel-casino on July 25, 2015. (FOX5 viewer).

Clark County fire private investigators stated they have actually not been able to nail down the cause of last month’s fire at the Cosmopolitan hotel-casino.

On July 25, synthetic palm trees ignited on the 14th-floor pool deck at the Las Vegas Strip building. The fire quickly grew and infected surrounding cabanas, but never made it inside the hotel.

According to private investigators, the fire began on the west side of the Bamboo Pool, but they were not able to determine the precise ignition site or source.

“Our investigators conducted a substantial evaluation of the scene and eliminated electrical as a reason for the fire,” said Clark County Fire Chief Greg Cassell. “Although improperly disposed of cigarettes were observed on the swimming pool deck, we can not show beyond an acceptable level of certainly that cigarettes were the cause, therefore this fire needs to be classified as undetermined.”

Investigators stated they are carrying out a laboratory analysis of fire-damaged samples of the phony palm trees, however those outcomes are not expected for a number of weeks.

“Depending upon exactly what the analysis shows, we will certainly be able to figure out whether we have to work with the resort market to advise any suggestions concerning using these products or propose any changes to codes governing their usage,” stated Clark County Building Official Ron Lynn, who supervises the Department of Building and Fire Prevention.

The fire caused about $2 million in damage, according to investigators. The majority of that was to synthetic landscaping, patio area furnishings and cabanas on the swimming pool deck. One suite sustained smoke damage and others sustained water damage.

During the fire, two individuals suffered small injuries.

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